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Received itemized statement for the man's recent heart procedure = : {

December 23rd, 2009 at 11:46 am

Jiminy Christmas! The itemized statement for the heart cath, stent placement, and slightly over 24 hour stay at the hospital is 4 pages long and that's with a small font! I haven't a clue how we're going to pay this bill. If we give them $200 a month it will take a little less than 19 years to pay off. *sigh* We can afford to send them that but anything we pay is going to eat into money we should be saving/investing for retirement. Grrr, just when we're starting to get ahead!

Damn you, life! Wink

5 Responses to “Received itemized statement for the man's recent heart procedure = : {”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    $45,000+ ? May I ask whether this is your share after insurance?
    You definitely need to talk to the hospital about a payment plan if you do not have insurance, or maybe even if this is your share after insurance payments. They might be able to reduce the bill. Personally, I think they should be willing to go through your bill item by item to explain what the charges are for and to find whether there are things charges twice that should not have been or things charged that were not done or used at all.

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Yep, close to $46,000 plus the more than $5,000 to the surgeon. We don't have insurance, which is part of the problem. They want him to apply for the county indigent health care program to see if they'll pay the bill so he'll apply for that but we're pretty sure he'll be denied because of 'too many assets'. It's worth a try, though. We're also going to go through the bill with a hospital rep and a fine tooth comb but as for them reducing the bill, nope they won't do that.

  3. Tabs Says:

    Wow. That is really, really scary. I'm very sorry to hear about this, even if it was a necessary expense.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I am sorry to hear about that too. You will just have to pay them what you can, every month.

  5. DeniseNTexas Says:

    That's our plan, Julie. We can either throw any and all extra at it to reduce/eliminate it quickly (it would still take over 5 years) or we can pay a smaller amount that allows us to continue to save and invest, also. Argh! We'll find a way.

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